Free Benjamine Spencer! (A Judge ruled he is innocent 3 years ago but he is still in prison.)
  • Petitioned Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins

Free Benjamine Spencer! (A Judge ruled he is innocent 3 years ago but he is still in prison.)

    1. kristina hahsler
    2. Petition by

      kristina hahsler

      frisco, TX

After reviewing his case by reading the court documents, visiting the crime scene, interviewing his alibi and conferring with Mr. Spencer’s attorney at Centurion Ministries, an innocence project, we became convinced of Mr. Spencer’s innocence.

Mr. Spencer has spent just over half his life locked up for a crime he swears he did not commit. Spencer was arrested in March 1987 for the robbery and killing of Dallas business owner Jeffrey Young. Unlike the many wrongful-conviction cases that have resulted in exonerations, there is no DNA evidence to settle Spencer's guilt or innocence. In fact, there was no physical evidence against him at all. The only material evidence against Spencer is the testimony of three West Dallas residents who said they saw Spencer dump the victim's car in their neighborhood the night of the crime. Mr. Spencer believes they made up the story to collect a reward and the facts as we have reviewed them suggest that a significant bias to that effect exists. A lighting expert has since studied the area. He testified that with the darkness and distances involved, the witnesses couldn't possibly have recognized Mr. Spencer or anyone else that night. After having visited the area at night ourselves, we believe that no identification could have been made at the distances described in the court papers. Also, the friend of a man known as the Batman, who had committed several crimes using the same methods as those used against the victim, testified that his friend bragged to him about killing the victim. Many of the facts described by the Batman’s friend were consistent with facts surrounding the murder that were never released to the public. Based upon the Batman’s friend’s testimony, that of the lighting expert and on other testimony, a Dallas judge ruled on March 28, 2008 that he believes Spencer is actually innocent. The Dallas judge recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturn Spencer’s original conviction. Mr. Spencer continues to await their decision in a prison cell.

 

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    • Leslie G BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Get this guy out already! All I can think is, How can people sleep at night knowing that they put an innocent man behind bars? He's lost so much of his life. Terrible, just terrible!

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    • Christina Edwards WASKOM, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      The fact that a man is still in prison for a crime he was proven innocent of is an outrage as well as a disgrace to our country, and let me not even address the affects something like this has on the family of this wrongfully accused man. Is this the judicial system we are to put our trust in?

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    • Heidi Lucken OAK PARK, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      another example of just what a mess texas is, give it back to Mexico, who we stole it from anyway. In the process FREE Spencer

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    • Lorenza Clark FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Justice is not being serve correctly. If you don't have evidence, Free this man....Shame on the system, for keeping this man locked up for so long.....DOWN RIGHT SHAMEFUL....

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    • Patrice Stanley FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      this man has been gone for 25 years and they still havent let him go????WHY? They believe these people and they probaly didnt see anything.....How come this country hate black people so much....without us and the mexicans they wouldnt have anything done around here.....FREE THIS YOUNG MAN....BLACK POWER......

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